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Syria intercepted most of missiles launched by US, allies: Russia

Most of the missiles fired in Syria by the UK, US, and France as part of punitive action against Bashar al-Assad government in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems, RT, Russia international television network, quoted Russian Defense Ministry …

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US, Britain, France launch air strikes in Syria

(Reuters) – U.S., British and French forces pounded Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week, in the biggest intervention by Western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. US President Donald Trump …

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Turkey hosts critical summit on Syria with Russia, Iran

ANKARA -AFP/UNS: The presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia met on Wednesday for their second tripartite summit in under six months, aiming to speed the peace process for Syria and bolster their influence in the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted his Russian and …

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Israel jet crashes after ‘Iranian targets’ attacked in Syria

JERUSALEM: An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed in Israel Saturday as the air force was carrying out attacks against “Iranian targets” in Syria after intercepting a drone, a spokesman said. “IDF (Israel Defence Force) has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the …

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How regional rivalries threaten to fuel the fire in Syria and Iran

By James M. Dorsey Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threaten to turn Turkey’s military offensive against Syrian Kurds aligned with the PKK into a regional imbroglio. The threat is magnified by Iranian assertions that low …

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Russia initiated safe zones in Syria offer real chance for reconciliation: Assad

Syria’s President Bashar Assad believes that the internationally agreed de-escalation zones are a real opportunity to finally achieve peace in his war-torn country, saying, all previous initiatives have failed due to some states hindering peace by pursuing own political goals. The “foremost” aim of the …

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Syria’s Assad ‘victorious’: Israeli defence minister

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad has been “victorious” in Syria’s civil war and was now being courted by former enemies. “Assad has emerged victorious in the battle,” Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli news website Walla!. “Suddenly, everyone wants to …

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Egypt court sentences Morsi to 25 years in Qatar spy case

CAIRO -uns: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar, judicial sources said. Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was …

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Russia, Iran, Turkey to police Syria Idlib safe zone

Astana -UNS : Russia, Iran and Turkey on Friday agreed a deal to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria’s Idlib province as part of a Moscow-led plan to ease the six-year conflict. In a joint statement after two days of talks in Kazakhstan …

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US to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria

VILNIUS: The United States on Tuesday announced it would supply arms and military equipment to Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State group in Syria, a move sure to anger key ally Turkey which considers the Kurdish forces to be terrorists. The weapons are being delivered …

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